Contact your MP
Arranging a meeting with or writing to your local MP is a great way to campaign for better hepatitis C awareness, care and treatment, or to explain personal problems you might be having with your local health services, such as being told that you face significant delays in accessing treatment. MPs are keen to engage with their constituents and you can usually be assured of a reply from them, as well as a commitment to take some form of action.
As well as assisting with any specific issue you have encountered in accessing hepatitis C care and treatment, your MP can also help to raise awareness about hepatitis C in Parliament and with your local health services by taking the following five easy actions.
Please ask them to show their support for hepatitis C patients by:
- Joining the All Party Parliamentary Group for Liver Health (ask them to email firstname.lastname@example.org to register).
- Writing to the Director of Public Health at your Local Authority and the chair of your local Health and Wellbeing Board to ask them what plans they have to increase awareness about hepatitis C and diagnosis rates locally
- Writing to the chair of the local Clinical Commissioning Group to ask them what plans they have to increase diagnoses and to improve access to treatment for hepatitis C patients
- Writing to NHS England to protest their decision to cap the number of people accessing hepatitis C treatment in England
- Writing to the Public Health Minister, Nicola Blackwood, to ask her to ensure that addressing hepatitis C is a major component of the National Liver Strategy that is being developed
Our MP briefing sheet at the bottom of this page is a useful document to give to your MP. It is a good idea to download and print a copy of this briefing to give to your MP, or to attach it to your email or letter, so they know the facts about hepatitis C.
Make sure you ask your MP to do something positive to help you or hepatitis C patients in general.